Four children have been killed in a fire at an apartment building on Chicago's Far South Side.
The children's mother, Shamaya Coleman, and her boyfriend, Nate Johnson, also were taken to the hospital in critical condition after they jumped from the burning building.
The children have been identified as 16-year old Carliysia Clark, 13-year old Carlvon Clark, 12-year old Shamarian Clark and 7-year old Eriana Smith.
The fire started at 3:40 a.m. Monday at a building located at 11238 S. Vernon in the Roseland neighborhood.
Fire crews quickly escalated it to a 2-alarm fire. The fire was struck out just before 4 a.m.
Investigators believe the fire started on the second floor, but does not appear to be suspicious in nature.
Official records indicate the city has cited the landlord of the building several times in the past for building code violations including not having enough smoke detectors.
Firefighters say they did not find a working smoke detector in the unit where they believe the fire started, or the apartment where the children were found.
The father of the youngest child, Eriana Smith, says the lock on the apartment's back door was broken and building management had bolted the door shut, leaving the front door the only means of escape.
Neighbors and family friends have planned a vigil outside the building for 6 p.m. Monday evening.